Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers


Monday, 5 June


Sébastien Corbeil, President & CEO, Celluforce

Sébastien Corbeil joined the company in 2015 to speed up the commercialization of nanocrystalline cellulose, an advanced biomaterial extracted from wood fibers. Mr. Corbeil has more than 20 years of international management experience.

Prior to joining CelluForce, Mr. Corbeil held several leadership positions with the SUEZ Group in Europe where he developed new products, launched new business units and helped reposition ailing companies. He came back to Canada in 2013 and served as Vice-President for EnGlobe Corp, in charge of a major acquisition project.

Mr. Corbeil started his career as a research engineer in Pulp and Paper with industrial gas giant Air Liquide in Chicago. Mr. Corbeil holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in chemical engineering from McGill University, as well as a MBA from DePaul University.

Tuesday, 6 June


Trevor Stuthridge, Executive Vice President, FPInnovations

Dr. Trevor Raymond Stuthridge holds the position of Executive Vice President at FPInnovations, with overall leadership responsibilities for R&D operations, business development and organisational strategy.

FPInnovations is a not-for-profit world leader that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector's global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners. FPInnovations' 525 employees and R&D laboratories are located in Quebec City, Montreal, and Vancouver, and it has technology transfer offices across Canada.

Dr. Stuthridge has served as a chairperson, director, strategic advisor or executive manager for a broad range of national and international research initiatives and technology commercialisation opportunities relating to sustainable forest management, wood processing innovation, waste utilisation, environmental risk management, biofuels and bioenergy, clean technologies, climate change, and life-cycle assessment. In addition, he has developed and maintained numerous direct collaborations in academic research, government investment, commercial science and innovation.

Trevor has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Waikato in New Zealand plus executive qualifications in business management and governance. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at both University of British Columbia and ‎University of Toronto. 

Thursday, 8 June



John Kozij, Director of General Policy, Economics and Industry, Canadian Forest Service

John Kozij is the Director General of the Policy, Economics and Industry Branch of the Canadian Forest Service at the Department of Natural Resources Canada.  Prior to joining NRCan in January of 2015 he was the Director General of Land and Environmental Management and the Director General of the Northern Policy and Science Integration Branch at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) where a large preoccupation included developing and championing Canada’s Northern Strategy.  Prior to joining AANDC in the summer of 2007 as a Northern strategic policy director, he worked at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) as policy director on Aboriginal skills and training, was a senior officer with the Privy Council Office, and a senior economist with the Canadian International Development Agency.

John was born in BC and has a degree in economics from Simon Fraser University and a Masters in economics from Dalhousie University in Halifax.  John has also worked and volunteered overseas, working for over a year in northwest Pakistan and as a volunteer in a refugee camp in southeastern Thailand.  He is a father of two young boys, a curler, and a basketball and soccer coach.